Sunday afternoon (14:00) sees Bournemouth welcome Chelsea to the Vitality Stadium, as both sides are yet to find their stride under new management.

The Cherries are still searching for their first win of the new Premier League campaign, while the visitors come into this game off the back of a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth vs Chelsea Prediction

  • Draw @ 3/1
  • Raheem Sterling to score anytime @ 7/5

Team News

Luis Sinisterra could make his debut for the Cherries, while Tyler Adams continues to nurse a thigh problem.

Alex Scott, Ryan Fredericks and Emiliano Marcondes remain on the treatment table for Bournemouth, but Dominic Solanke could lead the line against his former side.

As for Chelsea, both Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia will have to wait at least another week to make their Chelsea debuts, as they continue to recover from knee and ankle injuries respectively.

Reece James is also absent for this clash, but Trevoh Chalobah and Benoit Badiashile could return to proceedings here.

Draw @ 3/1

The Vitality Stadium has not always been a happy hunting ground for Chelsea, who were thumped 4-0 by Bournemouth back in 2019, but the Cherries’ defensive concerns means that a repeat of that humiliation is unlikely.

Instead, I’m going for the draw. Chelsea looked impressive in the opening fixture against Liverpool, but they have failed to build upon that performance.

Mauricio Pochettino continues to tinker with his starting XI, still searching for his strongest lineup, and although the Blues look stronger on paper, I’m still not sure what kind of performance you’re going to get from Chelsea.

Bournemouth have lost at Liverpool and at home to high-flying Spurs, but sharing the spoils with West Ham and Brentford suggests they can hold their own, which is what I expect here.

Raheem Sterling to score anytime @ 6/4

Sterling has been Chelsea’s brightest player in their opening four fixtures, in my opinion.

He netted a double in Chelsea’s only league win this season against Luton Town, and with his recent snub from the international set-up, he’ll want to prove that he still warrants a place in the England starting XI.

The former Manchester City winger struggled last year in what was his first season at Stamford Bridge, scoring only six goals which was his lowest return in the league 2015/16.

He’s started this campaign in promising fashion, and he’ll be eager to see that continue here.

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